The excitement of getting your trailer hooked up and ready to go will quickly wear off when you experience trailer sway for the first time. This common but rather terrifying event is something that is almost certainly going to happen, and once it does, it is important to keep a cool head and be confident enough to take full charge of the situation so that nothing bad happens.
At Newlands Trailers, we are specialists in all things trailer hire. We have a wide range of trailers available for hire in the Pretoria area and we are more than capable of not only providing you with a superb piece of equipment but we can also help you out with great advice. Our team is constantly looking for new ways to improve the service that we offer, and we always go above and beyond to make sure that our clients have the information they need in order to stay safe while towing.
Why does a trailer sway?
It doesn’t matter if you are towing a small or a large trailer, the moment it starts to sway, your trailer can become an incredibly dangerous hazard. If you don’t know how to deal with it, a swaying trailer can cause your car to veer dangerously, becoming a danger to both you and whoever else is on the road, and it can even end up causing your car to flip.
There are many reasons why a trailer will sway. The most common reasons are strong gusts of wind, which can happen on a windy day or even if a large vehicle passes you can creates this wind. Aside from winds, other reasons why a trailer could end up swaying includes uneven roads (think potholes) and even small speed bumps can cause swaying.
Another place where you might begin to feel the unsettling sway of your trailer includes steep down hills. When travelling down hill with a trailer, your trailer will give your car extra weight, which can create an unpleasant unsteadiness that results in a sway.
Driving too fast with your trailer will also lead to swaying. The most important piece of advice that we can give you in this regard is to never, ever speed. Whatever the speed limit is, make sure that you stick to it and in some cases, if you are unexperienced or unsure of what you are doing, just go slower anyway.
Finally, a badly loaded trailer, one that is uneven, can result in swaying. Make sure that you follow precise packing advice and make sure that you do it right the first time.
Swaying is more than likely going to happen and when it does, the best thing is to slow down and take it easy. This will steady your nerves and help you maintain full control over your vehicle.